Howdy folks. It's been awhile since I updated the blog, so here we go...
It's been an interesting school year for both of us where the words discipline, endurance, waiting, trusting, prioritizing, budgeting, grace, encouragement, confession and a dozen other words are heard in our home and in our prayers more often than perhaps years past.
Thankfully, things have made us smile lately as well (the 1st paragraph seemed so serious). We love the fall, and apparently THE way to initiate the fall in Old Louisville is the St. James Art Fair. We live right across the street from this mega annual event that brings in a quarter of a million people, which means we had to park at the church all week. This meant that we went on a lot of walks to and from the casa this weekend. I like to go on walks. I don't get outdoors much these days. Interestingly, we only had time to visit a few booths (out of hundreds) at the art fair, but it seemed like a good time was had by all. One day, we were able to babysit some kiddos from church whose parents were working at the art fair as volunteers. Dustin and I each took a stroller and joined some friends for a picnic at the park. It was a nice time with the little kiddos, outdoors on a beatiful day - refreshing. We also played some games with some friends on Friday night. Oh, and we also went to our friends' house to enjoy making and eating a special Chinese dish on Saturday. Steve and Casey are our new friends that we met in Old Louisville, new believers full of questions and joy. I just wish I already had my picture of the food on my computer. It was terrific, but I can't spell it. :) The fellowship was really sweet.
I also have a new job. :) I'm going to be a poll worker this year for the election, which is pretty exciting, because it will be nice to help with Christmas gifts. I love meeting new people, too, so it should be fun. I have training tomorrow night. I am also slightly addicted to National Public Radio these days, and I wonder, "Who am I?"
We'll add another ordinance to the list of things that make me cry these days. The Lord's Supper was such a sweet time last night. Dustin taught the devotion about the hope of heaven, and it was so encouraging. I am learning how much I need to be meditating on the Gospel constantly - to avoid legalism, self-righteousness, despair, complaining, mind-in-the-muck, me-focus, etc. Oh for grace to trust Him more!
We are looking to the future, things beyond Dustin's graduation, May 2009. We appreciate your prayers not only for those future things, but for the present. Pray for the strength to finish strong - for Dustin, at seminary and for me, here at CAL. It's weird to think about finishing, but I know how time flies!
Our church re-grouped home groups with new members and whatnot, so we start up home group again tonight. We're looking forward to it!
Hope you all are doing well. Lots of love from us to you!